Female-directed films dominate European film festival 

Eight of the ten documentaries being presented at this year’s second annual Changing Face of Europe film festival have been directed by women.

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Why this story matters:

The Changing Face of Europe was created in partnership between the Hot Docs film festival (April 25-May 5) and European Film Promotion to share differing cultural perspectives across Europe. Shane Smith, the festival’s director of programming explains that 

“The most resonant stories are the most personal, in a lot of ways. And that’s the skill of these filmmakers: telling a personal story…that someone half a world away can connect with.” 

The female-led films, which feature the extraordinary personal journeys of women, sample the wider political and cultural movements across today’s Europe. 

“The Reformist -- A Female Imam,” directed by Denmark’s Marie Skovgaard, showcases the successes and struggles that one Muslim woman faces to open up one of the first female-run mosques in Europe. 

Dorottya Zurbó’s “Easy Lessons” shares the story of a Somali child bride who flees to Hungary and starts her life over again. 

Changing the Face of Europe seeks to distribute these films to a wider audience. The program matches European documentary filmmakers with foreign festival directors, financiers, and other distribution platforms. Sonja Heinen, the managing director of European Film Promotion says “We want to promote the films throughout the world.” 

Details from the story:

  • Another film featured at the festival is “#Female Pleasure” from Germany and Switzerland, which explores the efforts of five women in Europe who challenge the patriarchal suppression of female sexual pleasure. 
  • “Scheme Birds,” by Swedish director Ellen Fiske and the U.K.’s Ellinor Hallin, explores how a young Scottish woman’s innocent childhood games turn criminal in order to escape the cycle of poverty. 
  • Half of the films which are screening will be presented to a North American audience for the first time.

Project #Femfacts co-financed by European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology as part of the Pilot Project – Media Literacy For All

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